Are Christians called to do good works

Matthew 4:19 – And he saith unto them, Follow me, and I will make you fishers of men.

Those chosen of God to follow Christ, are supposed to be fishers of men. What do fishers do?

 

Matthew 5:3-6 – Blessed are they which do hunger and thirst after righteousness: for they shall be filled.

To hunger and thirst after righteousness means to seek what is right in God’s eyes (as revealed in the Bible) and do what is right as it relates to the situations in our day-t0-day life. Christians are called to do what is right in God’s eyes.

 

Matthew 5:3-7 – Blessed are the merciful: for they shall obtain mercy.

Who do you show mercy upon? Upon someone who has wronged you and it is in your power to punish them (whether by words or deeds).

 

Matthew 5:3-9 – Blessed are the peacemakers: for they shall be called the children of God.

Christians are supposed to live peaceably with others and if they see brethren offended with each other, they are to help reconcile one with another. This is pleasing in the eyes of God to see His children taking care of each other.

 

Matthew 5:3-13 – Ye are the salt of the earth: but if the salt have lost his savour, wherewith shall it be salted? it is thenceforth good for nothing, but to be cast out, and to be trodden under foot of men.

Salt is used for adding flavour to food and for preservation of food. Salt regulates the water content in our bodies and lack of it can cause imbalances in normal functioning of our body. Believers are to act as a preservative in a world filled with sinful people whose every intent is evil (Psalm 14:3) and as a flavour of life to bring positive influence in the lives of people around believers.

 

Matthew 5:14-16 – 14 Ye are the light of the world. A city that is set on an hill cannot be hid. 15 Neither do men light a candle, and put it under a bushel, but on a candlestick; and it giveth light unto all that are in the house. 16 Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works, and glorify your Father which is in heaven.

Where there is light, darkness disappears. The verses above say Christians are to do good works so when others see their good works, they will glorify God. The verses above do not say “if you do good works” but says “when you do good works”.

 

Matthew 5:43-45 – 43 Ye have heard that it hath been said, Thou shalt love thy neighbour, and hate thine enemy. 44 But I say unto you, Love your enemies, bless them that curse you, do good to them that hate you, and pray for them which despitefully use you, and persecute you; 45 That ye may be the children of your Father which is in heaven: for he maketh his sun to rise on the evil and on the good, and sendeth rain on the just and on the unjust.

Here also Christians are called to “do good” to those who hate them. Again this is a command to do good works.

 

Matthew 7:21 – Not every one that saith unto me, Lord, Lord, shall enter into the kingdom of heaven; but he that doeth the will of my Father which is in heaven.

This verse very clearly tells us that he who does the will of God will enter the Kingdom of Heaven.

 

Matthew 10:6-8 – 6 But go rather to the lost sheep of the house of Israel. 7 And as ye go, preach, saying, The kingdom of heaven is at hand. 8 Heal the sick, cleanse the lepers, raise the dead, cast out devils: freely ye have received, freely give.

Here Lord Jesus gave command to His disciples to preach, heal, cleanse, etc. and to do it freely. This is also the will of God for all Christians.

 

Matthew 24:12-13 – 12 And because iniquity shall abound, the love of many shall wax cold. 13 But he that shall endure unto the end, the same shall be saved.

Here is a warning to Christians to continue doing the will of God even when iniquity abounds and love grows cold. Looking at the verses prior to these verses, we can conclude that iniquity may abound in the Church also (ref. false prophets, verse 11). Here the warning to Christians is that even if they are offended by fellow believers, if they continue doing the will of God to the end, they will be saved. Being offended by other believers does not allow followers of Christ to abandon doing the will of God and is required to be saved.